Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 10 Blog Tour

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My block made the front cover :o)



{Welcome Friends}

What a privilege it is to be part of the monumental tenth issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. This publication provides such a wonderful opportunity for both new and experienced designers to share their creative ideas. This is the second issue I've had a block in...the first was my Dashing Geese block in Volume 9.

I'm over-the-moon about finding my block, Nested Bear Paw, on the front cover! There may have been some dancing around the house when I learned of this :o)




Here's a larger picture of Nested Bear Paw (Block 982, p. 59) so you can get a better look at it:


Nested Bear Paw
Nested Bear Paw by Debbie Martin

Inspiration for the Nested Bear Paw quilt block came from a wool felt wall hanging I designed and made. Inside each large bear paw is a smaller set of paws.


Nested Bear Paws
Wool felt wall hanging designed & stitched by Debbie Martin

When making this design with wool felt it was pretty straight forward to get the layout to work; however, when it came to translating it into a quilt block I had to rethink the dimensions in order to get the small set of paws to fit inside the larger paw. It took me a while to get this figured out.

This is a block that lends itself to both modern and traditional quilts. When making my block for the magazine (picture above) I used Moda's Puzzle Pieces in Jacquard Black for the background and P&B Textiles Color Weave in Orange and Light Aqua for the paws. These fabrics tend to have a modern feel.

Showing that Nested Bear Paw is also a block friendly with more traditional quilts I used reproduction fabric when I put together a wall hanging to send in for the Designers Gallery (page 16.) 


Nested Bear Paw wall hanging by Debbie Martin

Fabrics for this mini quilt include Amity and Love Knots from the Ladies Album collection by Barbara Brackman, and Hope Chest by Laundry Basket Quilts - all from Moda Fabrics. Here's how Nested Bear Paw would look as a full size bed quilt:

I used photo editing software to create this

Quiltmaker's is generously giving one of my blog readers a free issue of 100 Blocks, Volume 10. To be entered into the drawing just leave me a comment telling me how long you've been quilting and how you got started. If you suspect you may be a "no reply" blogger please make sure to include your email address in your comment. I'll draw a random winner on Friday evening, November 21.

Thank you so much for stopping by Shadows of the Blue Ridge :o) If you'd like to follow my blog in the upper right side bar are options for BlogLovin', email, and Google Friends Connect. I hope you are enjoying this special week and visiting the blogs of many block designers, as well as sponsors to the blog tour!




161 comments:

  1. Congrats! What a clever block! I've been quilting for just 5 years, but sewing for 20 :)

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  2. Great block!
    I have been quilting for 3 years.

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  3. Great block. My Grandmother taught me ?? years ago. I was a little thing and worked the peddles on her treadle machine.

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  4. back in the day [56 years ago-gasp] a neighbor lady helped me to cut and hand sew a sunbonnet sue baby quilt for my first child, but once that child was born, I never had time to do more. but ... now, 10 years of quilting next month ... thanx to my sis! I was recently widowed and was just over two cancer operations and needed a pick-me up. a whole new world opened up for me once she got me started.

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  5. My first quilt was an I Spy quilt for my then 5-yr-old son. He LOVED it, and unfortunately we lost it in Katrina.

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  6. Great block. I quilted as a girl more than sixty years ago. But career and family required my time for so long. I've been back into quilting the past 14 years. b.j.day68@gmail.com

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  7. I took a class over thirty years ago, and haven't stop quilting ever since!

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  8. The first quilt I ever made was for our son, who was a baby at the time. He's now 36! He's since had two more quilts made for him. :)

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  9. I have been quilting about 9 years, my first project was for my Grandson and it was a small 9 patch baby blanket.

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  10. Hi Debbie, great block. So intricate. What is the size of the small HST in the bear paw? 1 inch? I have been quilting for about 10 years, though I have made several simple tied blankets before that when my sister and friends started having babies.

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  11. I started quilting about ten years ago when my sons left home and went to university. I attended a class in a local quilt shop and learnt so many different techniques on a sampler quilt. Since then I have made more than a hundred quilts - mostly crib size for charity for the children's hospital.

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  12. I forgot to give my email address - judybarr@iearn.org.au

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  13. I've been quilting about 6 years, it started when I saw a log cabin block and thought "I can do that", I found my passion with that first log cabin.

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  14. I started about ten years and it was afriend of mine who was already quilting which introduced me to this fun.
    Since then I am addicted and it really calms me down when handsewing.

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  15. I've been quilting since the 70's. Needed a quilt to go with our new antique brass bed and since the bed took all our cash, I decided to make one. Got hooked.
    Nice block. Have always liked Bear's Paw blocks and yours is a fun spin.

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  16. I have been quilting off and on for about 30 years. I started and was lucky enough to have my mother teach me in the early days of married life..

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  17. I started quilting with my mother and grandmother about 50 years ago. But didn't really do a lot until about 30 years ago.

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  18. Congratulations on your block making the book. I have been quilting for about 3 years. I started quilting because I loved the quilts my friend made but I had never even sewed prior to that so I had a lot to learn, love the process.

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  19. I have been quilting for 15 years. My mom and grandma are quilters so it finally rubbed off on me.

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  20. I have been quilting approximately 15 years.....so I love a traditional block, and love the bear paw in a paw block!

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  21. Started quilting almost 5 years ago, because I want to do something creativ and went to some classes.

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  22. Your block is perfect for a border of a wildlife quilt I am making. Hope I win. I have been quilting for 8 years.

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  23. Very cool block! I've been quilting on and off for about 30 years. I'm a very simple traditional quilter. But I love to get lost in a quilt design. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. I've been quilting since 1979. I made my first quilt out of scrap velvet upholstery fabric from my granddad's shop. I had no idea what I was doing! I wore out a used sewing machine sewing it! I still have it and it's huge & heavy...my boys refer to as "Big Blanky"!!

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  25. I have been quilting since the 70's. My great grandmother quilted.

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  26. I've been quilting nearly 40 yrs. Grandmothers, both mine and DH's, were my inspiration. Love your block!

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  27. Love your block!
    lhoverly@gmail.com

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  28. Dashing geese is wonderful...love how it can be used in so many ways. I have been quilting for over thirty years and started with the log cabin quilt in a day by Eleanor Burns...no rotary cutters then so we ripped our strips! Thanks for the chance!

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  29. I have been quilting for decades - let's just leave it at that! I got started when I saw a quilt magazine at work.

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  30. as a mostly traditional quilter i really love this block! i started quilting in 1979, got started at local high school where there were evening classes....turned me into a quilt-aholic pronto!

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  31. Such a great block - and a perfect one to practice precise piecing - lots of potential points for me to lose! ;D It's a winner. Congratulations! -Letty

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  32. Oh I gotta show this block to a friend making a landscape quilt with bears and trees and such. This is going to be a perfect border for her.

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  33. I have been quilting for six years and am self-taught.

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  34. I've been quilting since I was just a little girl, maybe 5 or 6 when I stood to the side of Mom's old black Singer and snipped apart her chain piecing. Then I got to where I could iron the blocks for her. Next step was taking the SCRAPS she was through with and cutting itsy bitsy triangles, sewing them together to make pinwheels and making a lap quilt which I still have today, 45 years later!

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  35. Your bear paws block is great. My sons nicknamed my husband "bear" and I'm always looking for designs that incorporate the bear paws pattern to make things for him. I even applique quilt blocks to his tee shirts!

    My name is Pat and my email is yfg3749@yahoo.com

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  36. I made some log cabin block pillows in the late 1970s and played with patchwork for a few years. I got more seriously into quilting in the 90s and my passion continues today. Thanks for the chance. Love your block--Bear's Paw has always been one of my favorite blocks.
    joyecox@yahoo.com

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  37. I've been quilting for about 3 years. I got started by joining a quilt guild that my knitting buddy belonged to. I really like your "Nested Bear Paw" block. The bear paw is one of my favorite blocks. Thanks for sharing your creative talents with us. Cynthia cknapp3626@sbcglobal.net

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  38. I started making doll quilts as a child, a long, long time ago. :) Congratulations on being a cover girl! Great block.

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  39. About 20 years...........the 1st blocks I made were Bear Paw blocks for my 1st quilt, a gift for my Dad. I had to unsew and resew several of them before the quilt was finished. I like your block and the way it works both in Modern and Traditional fabrics.

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  40. Cute block! I have been quilting for 3 years. A co-worker told me she went to a quilt class and that inspired me to do the same. Then I became addicted :)

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  41. I have been quilting about 5 years now and I started because I saw a beautiful quilted wall hanging that I just had to make. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  42. I've been quilting for too many years to remember. Probably 20 years ago or more. My step mother got me started.

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  43. I took my first class 30+ yrs ago, then after 25 yrs took my next class, many classes after that preparing for my retirement. So I have been sewing up a storm the last 5 years. Love the bear paw block, and look of it in a quilt. Goes on my bucket list. poladydwd(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. I started 12 or 13 years ago when my sewing machine dealer started a block of the month.


    snowm@juno.com

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  45. I've been quilting for about 15 years. I actually learned in high school over 30 years ago, but then didn't touch it until I happened to see a quilting show on PBS. That totally inspired me because of the innovative rotary cutter and mat system rather than tracing templates. I haven't stopped since!

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  46. Love your block!!!!! Reminds me of Mamma and baby bear!!!!! I've been quilting for about 20 years now. Got started and guided by a friend who quilts.

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  47. I started quilting in 1990. No one in my family every quilted. So, I went to a quilting class and learned myself. I eventually won lst place of a Shadow cat quilt. This was done in her honor. She has totally ripped my bear paw quilt to threads. Your Nested Bear Paw block is the ideal replacement quilt. Thank you for being a part of this Blog Tour, sharing your creativity with us and the chance to win a copy of this fantastic magazine.

    Sandi Timmons
    sandit1@sbcglobal.net

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  48. I have been quilting for about 3 years but have always had an interest in it and just decided one day to look on the internet for information on quilting. Was I ever amazed at all the inspiration out there not to mention the giveaways. I won the first one I entered which was 6 one yard cuts of a fabric line. It was amazing to see how far fabric had come for quilting and I have not looked back. There is always something new to learn.

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  49. You're block is awesome -- I was really taken with it in the four-block hangings -- it's marvelous! I started quilting almost nine years ago -- an LQS was doing a BOM and I wanted to give it a try. I almost didn't finish that quilt (I thought I had to hand piece/hand quilt the whole thing) . . . but I did finish it and the rest is history!! :)

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  50. I have been a sewer for as long as I can remember and quilting we a natural progression. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  51. I bought a copy of Quilt Pink for my sister and, while looking through it, I decided that I could make a quilt all by myself. So I did. French Rose. For my granddaughter for Christmas 2009. I've been quilting ever since.

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  52. Congratulations, Debbie on your nested bear paw block being included in the 100 Block magazine. Love the Teal and orange layout. I've been "quilting" since I was in grade school and we embroidered quilt blocks for baby quilts. Didn't do anything again until I had my last child. Since then it's been my therapy and joy.

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  53. I've been sewing for over 15 years and my female relatives all quilt and we got the bug from Grama & Aunt Gertie.

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  54. I've been quilting almost 15 years. Got started when I saw something I like in a quilt shop, and enrolled in a class. It was during a year off from work, so I had lots of time to invest in learning to quilt.

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  55. I've been quilting about 18 years now - and my oldest sister taught me. We still quilt "together" though we live 800 miles apart.

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  56. I've been quilting about 10 years now. When my daughter started driving I had some 'extra' time. My mother was quilting and I thought if she could do it then so could I.

    janet.mikes@jefferson.kyschools.us

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  57. I estimate I've been sporadically quilting for over 30 years. All the women's magazines were promoting older crafts leading up to the bicentennial and the needlework world exploded and hasn't stopped. A local church--which had an annual quilt show--offered a class and I took it to learn more.

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  58. What a great block!!
    I've been quilting for 20 years - for some reason I decided I wanted to make my Mum a quilt for her 80th birthday and I just kept going!

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  59. I have been quilting for over 40 years when I made a quilt as you go quilt for my in-laws. I worked so hard on that quilt trying to get it done in time to go out on the only plane that was flying into camp until the next one in 6 weeks. I ran out of matching fabric for the binding and it was finished in multicolors. When they passed away I got the quilt back and it always brings back those memories of the logging camp so long ago. That is what many quilts have, good memories. Thanks for sharing your block.

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  60. I'm a new at quilting. Basically in the past year. I haven't actually made a quilt yet. I'm still on tiny projects.
    dawnm1993 at gmail dot com

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  61. What a cute block. I have been quilting for about 10 years now. I got started when I saw a wonderful pattern I wanted to make. I have been sewing since I was 15 thanks to my Grandmother. I used to sit in her sewing room with her and play with the notions while she sewed. She use to make a lot of my clothes for mom. She was my inspiration. Congrats on being chosen to be in the magazine.

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  62. I have been quilting for more than 10 years. I took my first class when I retired and have been quilting ever since.

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  63. i got started in 1976 when I made a block for our city's bicentenial quilt. I can't believe it's been nearly 40 years!

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  64. I've been quilting for 19 years. It started when I went to a quilt show our local guild presented.

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  65. I have been quilting on and off for awhile but only simple pieces. I got back into quilting when a friend sent me patterns and material to get started. I love the primitive style and it fits with my folk art love.

    Debbie

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  66. My grandma showed me how to quilt when I was still in elementry school, so that is long ago. I have so much fun reading everyone quilting blogs and learning new tips everyday. Quilting just never grows old.

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  67. I'm so happy to know that we made you dance around the house! So happy to have you along for the Volume 10 blog tour. I love your block! ~Diane at QM

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  68. I just started quilting last year with my daughter

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  69. Congrats on your fun block. I started quilting about 11 years ago. Thanks for the fun.

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  70. I've been quilting for four years, and I am an avid paper pieces! (Irene-grimes@hotmail.com)

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  71. I've been quilting for forty years!!!

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  72. I have been quilting over 25 years and was helped along by a teacher named Aletha who recently passed. I will never forget her critiques of my early projects!

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  73. I've been quilting for about 6 years now - still a newbie! Congrats on being published again! Thanks for the chance to win :)
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  74. What a wonderful block! sarah@forrussia.org

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  75. I love your block design. I have been wanting to make a quilt with bear paw blocks and your really adds interest! I have been quilting for about 20 years now (gasp! that kind of amazes me). I started because back in the 70's my sister made a quilt and the urge percolated until I was able to buy a Bernina and my sewing machine salesman paid for my first class. I love him to this day!
    congrats on being re-published! and thank you for the chance to win :-)

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  76. Great block! It was one that drew my attention when I saw the cover in the blog hop. I started sewing when I was 4, and took my first quilt class when I was 27. I had just moved into my first home, and wanted a quilt on my bed. I've made tons of quilts since. I love it!

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  77. I've loved looking at all the wonderful blocks, but this one is my absolute favorite! I've been quilting for 23 years now. Started after my grandmother passed away and found she had left me a quilt that was made from scraps of dresses/clothes she had made me over the years. It's so precious to me and I figured I should make quilts to others could feel the same.

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  78. I've been seriously quilting for about 15 years. It's always been a pat of my life but then it took center stage and I haven't looked back! I love the feeling of making something and giving it away.

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  79. Love your blocks. issue 9 also! keep up the good work.

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  80. Your Nestled Bearpaw block is lovely! I've been quilting off and on for about 30 years. I wanted to learn how to quilt as I wanted to make a baby quilt for a friend who was pregnant. Thanks for a chance to win.

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  81. I love this block!! I have been quilting off and on for about a dozen years and I started because I heard you could "machine piece".

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  82. I've been Quilting a few years, got started by seeing quilt shows on TV. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  83. Quilting on and off since 1994! Your block is awesome! Congrats!

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  84. I really like your block! Love how something old becomes something new!

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  85. I'll be buying the magazine just to get the directions for you block - it really "speaks" to me! I've been quilting for about 26 years. I got started by taking a class with my sister and we've been quilting ever since! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  86. Great block! I've been quilting for about 5 years. I started when I joined a quilt block exchange--I decided I better learn how to quilt if I was going to exchange quilt blocks!

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  87. Quilting since the early 80s but with cereal box templates! So glad to see rotary cutting and machine piecing. You have a sweet block..congrats.

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  88. congrats again. this block is really cute. I love how the little ones are nested in the big one. Momma has her little ones covered. I watched my mom and grandmother and her sisters all quilt by hand. It just held no interest for me because it just took way too long. About 5 yrs. ago I went to a church social where they were quilting baby blankets for an orphanage. I like the idea so I thought how hard could this be? LOL Just a little different than sewing garments. I really didn't pick it up again until about 2 yrs. ago and am loving quilting by machine.

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  89. I've been quilting for many years . My Mom got me interested in making quilts.
    Have wanted to make a bear paw quilt for some time, now I have a neat pattern. Thanks!

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  90. I just started quilting this year. I've always enjoyed creating things and sewed clothes, did various crafts and embroidery. I was going to wait until I retired to do a quilt because I'm so busy all of the time but then I decided I was ready and jumped into small projects. Your Nested Bear Paw is great and as you showed can be used for many different projects. Congratulations on being featured in Quiltmaker's!

    Debbie

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  91. About 12 years or so.... Love your block...never seen a paw in a paw....grin.

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  92. Congratulations for your block's inclusion in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. I am making a Civil War Sampler, and your block would be a great addition to the mix. (My block, Intersections, is also included in the magazine, so you don't need to enter me in the drawing.)

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  93. I love the bear paw block and think what you've created is super. The wall hanging is especially nice.

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  94. Cute block. Congratulations and thank you for the giveaway. I have been quilting for about 30 years. My friend was a manager of a craft store and she wanted me to make her some baby quilts to sell. I did and enjoyed it so much, I have been doing it ever since.

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  95. I have been quilting since about 1970. I like what you did to the Bear's Paw

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  96. I have been quilting for about 10 yrs, got started because I have always been an embroiderer and cross stitcher, and the old eyes are going. Wanted to do something that I could do till I die.

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  97. I've been quilting 15 or 20 years. I got started when I saw a pattern in a catalog that I loved. So I ordered it, followed the directions and I had my first (small) quilt. I've learned a lot since then and am endlessly fascinated by quilts.

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  98. I've been quilting about 1.5 years when I found myself not able to work any more and needed something to occupy my time. I started with a baby quilt for my 1st grandson followed by one for a granddaughter then another grandson. I can take my time and quilt if and when I have a good day.

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  99. I've been quilting for 7 years. My youngest sister got me started when she wanted all 4 of us sisters to do round robin quilts. We live in 4 different states and keep connected by doing block swaps, round robins & group quilts. Thanks.

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  100. I have been quilting for about 30 years, just piddling around! I always had a fascination for them.

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  101. So cute! Mama bear with her cubs!
    I've been quilting for more than 20 years, sewing for more than 40 years. I guess quilting was the next step from garment sewing. So glad I hopped on the wagon!

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  102. I have been quilting for several years now. I was raised very close to my grandmother who made beautiftul quilts so I have always had a love for it.

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  103. Tried quilting of & on for several years...but got serious about it, about two years ago. My two daughter's are learning, and we 3 are working together1 one lives close by, and the other lives in NC! We are definitely haveing fun! (& they are both doing waaaay better than me! lol)

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  104. I learned when I was 10 to quilt / sew with my great grandmother and mom. ( I am 56 now) so I have been quilting on and off since then! thanks!

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  105. I'm self taught and made my first quilt about 40 years ago! I love your block-- so cool!

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  106. Thanks for working up this clever double block, keep up the good work, Kathy in Colo

    repzjr at plains dot net

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  107. I am a newbie who fell in love with quilting after seeing a YouTube video with Jenny of MSQC. She made it look so easy. Thank you!

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  108. The bear paw is one of my favorite patterns. You have done a wonderful job putting a new spin on it.
    jitney41@gmail.com

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  109. A coworker and I used to have lunch together, and spend a little time on projects...embroidery for me and quilting for her. Over time, we each developed an interest in the other's hobby!

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  110. I have been quilting for 25 years....I wanted to make an Heirloom quilt for my daughter, so I took a class and after the first lesson I was a GONER ! I absolutely love every aspect of quilting. It has consumed me! Oh Well ;-) it could be worse!

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  111. I've been quilting for 7 years now. I took a class at the local community college offering quilting by hand. I was hooked from the first night. Congratulations on being included in this issue. Your block is great.

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  112. I retired 10 years ago & my best friend insisted I join their every Tuesday quilting group. So I took a class & the rest is history!

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  113. I like your twist on a traditional block!

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  114. Awesome block! I am intrigued to know how it is made. I have been quilting for about six years. I have always wanted to quilt and just didn't have time to fit it into my life before then, or access to fabric, tools etc.

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  115. I've been quilting for over 20 years. I joined a fiber arts guild and when a quilting study group was formed, I thought that sounded like fun. I've made some very good friends in the group and we have supported each other through thick and thin.

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  116. What a gorgeous block! I lean more towards traditional quilts and I love your block! I got started quilting almost 25 years ago. I had a coworker that got me started and I'm so grateful for that. Congratulations on having your block in Quiltmakers 100 Vol.10!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

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  117. Congratulations on your Nested Bear Paw block! Love the wool felt wall hanging. I have been quilting for about 10 years after taking a class with a friend.
    bhometchko(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  118. What a great block!!! Love bear paws!!!

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  119. I started quilting about 6 years ago. I have always sewed, and was trying to think of something I could make for Christmas presents - decided to make quilted potholders for everyone on my list! I have progressed since then, and finished a bed-sized quilt for us last winter, but I still enjoy doing small projects.

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  120. I have been quilting on and off for 20 years. I always wanted to learn since a little girl watching my grandma sew.

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  121. Almost 25 years....because I wanted a comforter for my new bed and they looked flimsy, TIME to teach myself to quilt and I did!

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  122. I think I am still a new quilter. I have a new sewing machine and it is like I am learning all over again.

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  123. Bear Paw blocks are my absolute favorite quilting blocks! And I love what you done with it here - wonderful!!! I've been quilting since 2006 when I was blessed to be able to retire early. I've found the best friends I've ever had in the quilting community - truly I'm living my second childhood and loving it!!!

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  124. I've been quilting about 12 years and I absolutely love the feeling it gives me. It's my way to relax after a rocky day at work.

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  125. I have been quilting for about 30years. My mother showed me how to make quilts and I have loved every quilt that I have made

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  126. I have been quilting since 2005 and got started to keep myself busy during cold and flu season. I have an incurable form of leukemia, so I have a compromised immune system and have to protect myself. Staying home is ok, but needed some fun things to do.

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  127. I've been quilting about 13 years. I am a self taught quilter--grabbed a book from the library and got to it. Still have the first quilt I made and sleep under it every night.

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  128. I've been quilting about 15 years. I got started because a friend insisted I take a beginning quilt class with her. The rest is history - totally addicted!!! Congratulations on your block being selected.

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  129. I started quilting about 15 years ago after watching some TV quilting shows. They made me believe that I could do that!
    Lanie
    remills at amtelecom dot net

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  130. I didn't have any quilters in my family. I went to lessons at my LQS about 24 years ago, but didn't start quilting seriously until about 3 years ago. lynnmcindoe@gmail.com

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  131. My grandma taught me to quilt about 25 years ago. I love making all my family quilts. thanks for the chance to win!

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  132. I am quilting for 20 years on and off for myself and family.One day I caught a quilting tv show with A.Anderson and was hooked, thank you ....martamanole@yahoo.com

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  133. I have been quilting for about 13 years, I always loved quilting, and 13 years ago it catched me

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  134. Really love the block! Quilting 16 yrs now once I mostly retired. Now I also have my own longarm quilting business pjrcontest@msn.com

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  135. Cute block! Love the wool wall hanging. I've been quilting for about 15 years. I've always sewn and finally decided I'd like to try quilt...quickly got hooked.

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  136. Love your block. I started quilting with corduroy when I was a teen, before I even knew what I was doing!

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  137. I've been quilting for about five years. I got started after I discovered quilting blogs.

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  138. Nested Bear Paw is so cute. I've been quilting for about 20 years. I happened to walk into a fabric shop and signed up for a hand piecing class. That was how it all started!

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  139. I've been quilting for eleven years. My grandmother was a quilter and my mother was a sewist. After my mom's death I missed her dearly, and I think I started quilting to feel closer to her and to my grandma. (It worked--they play a part in every quilt I make.)

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  140. Congratulations on having a block in the magazine, Debbie! I started quilting over 20 years ago, after watching quilting shows on TV.

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  141. Congratulations! What a lovely block you designed. I started quilting over 20 years ago and one of my first projects was a sampler quilt that included a bear paw block.

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  142. I have been quilting for about 25 years. I thought it would be nice to make quilts for my kids so I took an introductory class. I really like your block. Have always wanted to make a bear claw quilt and yours is just a bit different from the ones I have seen before. Wonderful.

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  143. Oh wow. When I first saw it, I thought it was a 9-patch inside each paw. Then I read and saw more pictures, and holy cow. Those mini paw pieces must be teeny!
    Congrats and wow!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  144. I caught the quilting bug when I first saw Alex Anderson on HGTV back in 1997 and have been addicted ever since. I love your interpertation of the bear claw block. Thanks for sharing.

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  145. I love the idea of making a traditional block into a slightly more modern idea. Such a good feel for both styles all in one! :) I've seen quilting for only about 4-5 years but the urge to learn more and get better has me completely obsessed! (In a good way, of course! ) I have SO many quilts I've GOT to make & never enough time!

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  146. Love your block. I've been quilting for about 25 years. Thanks.

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  147. This is my third try at this. It is now or never. I have been quilting about two years plus. My grandmother was a quilter (hand-pieced and hand-quilted) so my love of quilts has been my whole life. I love your block. I get your newsletter/blog and look forward to it each time it arrives. Congratulations on being chosen for this edition.

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  148. I started my first quilt 22 years ago and finished it just five years ago. I've really gotten into it in the past five years.

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  149. This looks like a fun block to try!
    I've been quilting over 20 years and got started by a friend at work who was a quilter!

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  151. I started quilting because of my mom. She starting quilting a lot as an empty nester project. I have been quilting for about 4 years

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  152. My mother and I took a quilting class together over 25 years ago and that's how I started quilting.

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  153. I love your block. In fact, on one of the blog stops, the question was asked about our favorite block. I said the bear paw one on the front cover! i started quilting 5 years ago and started with a Log cabin quilt class (Quilt in a Day).

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  154. I've been quilting 27 years. I wanted a quilt and figured the only way I would get one was to make it. So I bought a quilt magazine and taught myself to quilt.

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  155. My sister-in-law tried to teach me about 20 years ago....but I didn't truly get the bug until about 5 years ago....now I'm mad I wasted so much time! Thanks for sharing a cool block!

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  156. I started making my first quilt around 1970, and got really interested in quilting while the country was getting ready to celebrate the bicentenial. (Prior to 1976, quilting was an almost vanishing art!)

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  157. This is adorable. I can't wait to try it! I started quilting many years ago, here and there but didn't really start get serious until 3 years ago.

    lotsofteapots @ charter . net

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  158. Your block is very unique and creative!! Thank You for the nice design!! I had the good fortune to have been brought up with 'quilting' as my Mom and all of my Aunts were always sewing and working on projects. I was given the opportunity to learn to sew at a very young age and have always enjoyed it!

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  159. I've been quilting for 5 years. Started by watching youtube videos….and was hooked!!!!

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  160. Debbie, I fell behind on my blog reading but just wanted to say congratulations to you! Your block is fantastic! I will have to look out for the magazine next time I am at the store.

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